"The quartet of soloists for this work was [...] led by the sensational Maximilian Schmitt whose ripe, golden tenor so impressed me, both in Ticciati’s Don Giovanni and in last year’s opening concert."
Edinburgh Festival, Bruckner Te Deum with Philippe Herreweghe © seenandheard-international.com Simon Thompson – 21 Aug. 2012
Maximilian Schmitt discovered his love of music when he was a young member of the Regensburger Domspatzen Boys' Choir. He studied singing with Roland Hermann and Prof. Anke Eggers at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the Young Ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
During his time in Munich Maximilian Schmitt made his debut at the Salzburger Landestheater as Tamino in The Magic Flute before he started his engagement for your years at the Mannheim National Theatre. In Mannheim he sang parts like David/Meistersinger, Lenski/Eugen Onegin and lyrical Mozart roles such as Tamino, Don Ottavio, Belmonte or Ferrando. In summer of 2012 Maximilian Schmitt finished his successful time in Mannheim with the leading role in Mozart`s La Clemenza di Tito. In operatic concert performances Maximilian Schmitt could be heard with The Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati as Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Ferrando/Così fan tutte and with the WDR Symphony Orchestra.At the end of 2012 he made a debut at the Amsterdam Opera as Tamino in the celebrated new production of Simon McBurney under Marc Albrecht, which will have a revival in 2015 due to its great success. In th e season of 2013/2014 he could be heard in the same part in Bregenz as well as Steersman in The Flying Dutchman in Geneva. Also in this season he will sing the part of the Steersman in May with the Orchestra and Choir „Les Siècles“ under the baton of François-Xavier Roth in the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg. He will open the season with the part of Belmonte in Mozart´s Abduction from the Seraglio with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under the baton of René Jacobs. Operatic concert performances will lead him to Perugia, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and to the BOZAR in Brussels, a project, which will be released on CD by harmonia mundi France.
Besides his passion for opera also operatic performances are of great importance to him. His wide variety of repertoir covers Monteverdi to Mozart and Mendelssohn. He is invited from conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Andrew Manze, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Fabio Luisi, Philippe Herreweghe, Marcus Creed, Trevor Pinnock, René Jacobs, Robin Ticciati and orchestras like Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich, Philharmonic Zurich, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, Vienna Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Maximilian Schmitt is also a specially regular guest of various Parisian Orchestras (Orchestre de Paris/Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Bertrand de Billy, Ensemble orchestral de Paris/Reinhard Goebel, Orchestre National de France/ Andres Orozco-Estrada). He had the honour of performing with Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. A close cooperation connects him with Philippe Herreweghe frequently allowing him to show his wide variety of repertoir, in the present season in concerts with the Royal Flemish Orkest (Strawinsky: Canticum sacrum) as well as with the Collegium Vocale and the Orfeo Barockorchestra (Mendelssohn: Paulus). In the season of 2014/2015 he can also be heard with New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under Ingo Metzmacher with Beethoven`s Missa solemnis, in Bach`s St. Matthew’s Passion with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, in Bach's b-minor-Mass with the Baroque Orchestra Freiburg, the Choir of the Bavarian Radio, in Mendelssohn`s Elias with the RIAS Chamber Choir and at the Salzburg Festival in the leading part of Schubert`s Lazarus with the Camerata Salzburg, again under Ingo Metzmacher. He is also closely connected to the WDR Symphony Orchestra with whom he will record in early 2015 with Patrick Lange a CD with Romantic Arias for the label Oehms classics
Just as important are the operatic performances in the calendar of Maximilian Schmitt, which he sings with Gerold Huber. Lately the duo guest performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, repeatedly at the Heidelberg Spring Festival and Cologne Philharmonic. Maximilian Schmitt made his debut in London´s Wigmore Hall together with Justus Zeyen, with whom he will also perform in this season at the Oxford Lieder Festival. The Lied-CDs of Gerold Huber and Maximilian Schmitt are being released by Oehms classics: After the debut-album „Träumend wandle ich bei Tag“ (Robert and Clara Schumann), Schubert´s Die schöne Müllerin was released in 2013 and presented by the duo in an acclaimed debut at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.
Besides of his lied-recordings Maximilian Schmitt can be heard on CD with Haydn's Creation (Baroque Orchestra Freiburg/René Jacobs/harmonia mundi France), in two recordings of Bach`s St. Matthew’s Passion (Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly – DECCA; Choir of the Bavarian Radio/Concerto Köln/Peter Dijsktra – BR Klassik), in Dvorak`s Stabat mater (Royal Flemish Orchestra/Philippe Herreweghe). Released on DVD is Bach`s Christmas Oratorio (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin/Choir of the Bavarian Radio/Peter Dijkstra – BR Klassik label). On Christian Gerhaher´s first Orchestra CD “Romantische Arien“ (Sony) Maximilian Schmitt sings as tenor partner (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding).
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